Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

To add a Blue Mountains Event or Festival please email admin@bookbluemountains.com.au

 

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Saturday, 18 June 2016

When your feet touch the platform at Katoomba Station you'll hear it. As you walk up the steps that lead to Katoomba Street you'll see and feel it. In a moment you're part of the Blue Mountains biggest annual event, the Winter Magic Festival. Sitting atop the ancient mountain ridges of a World Heritage National Park is the idyllic location of Australia's largest community festival.

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

25-26 June 2016

The Arts Trail is a free event featuring a collective of local artists who will open their studios to the public, allowing you to explore the rich arts culture the Blue Mountains has to offer. Visitors are encouraged to stroll from studio to studio on their way through the mountains to experience local art first-hand, meet the artists and purchase art from the source.

Tarella Cottage Museum Open Day

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Tarella, a 19th century Blue Mountains cottage and museum will be open to the public from 10-4pm. Entry is $5 adults and $2 children.

Blue Mountains - Yulefest Festival

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

July and August 2016

Every year between June and August the Blue Mountains enjoys Yulefest - when Christmas is celebrated in July. It began when a group of Irish men were staying at the Mountain Heritage Hotel in the 1980s. They were enjoying sitting around the warm log fire while snow was falling outside. They said to their host - "it feels like Christmas at home in Ireland". The host thought it would be a great idea to re-create a festive 'Winter Christmas' atmosphere for his Irish guests - with all the trimmings including falling snow, Christmas feasts of turkey, mince pies and plum puddings with brandy custard - all part of the Yulefest celebrations.

Daffodil Festival at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 August 2016

The Gardens will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. There will be many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted daffodils for sale along with Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or our bulb growing workshop.

 

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal

10-11 & 17-18 September 2016

Every year in September, the village of Rydal celebrates the arrival of Spring by opening local gardens and village attractions to the public. Thousands of daffodils are blooming!

Gardens are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. A $10 entry fee covers all gardens.

Download the 2016 Daffodils at Rydal brochure for more information.

Garden Festival Hazelbrook & Woodford Blue Mountains

Hazelbrook-Woodford Garden Festival

17-18 & 24-25 September 2016

The annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival takes place over two weekends in September. Gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on each of those weekends. Entry $5 each garden visit or all 5 for $20. Children under 16 free.

Watatah Festival Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild about Waratahs Festival, Mt Tomah

Saturday 24 September - Monday 3 October 2016

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah for the Wild About Waratahs Festival. The festival features the waratah bloom competition, guided garden tours, visits to a waratah farm open day, a botanical illustration exhibition and workshop, and more.

More information available by phoning 02-4567-3000.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

1-9 October 2016

The Leura Gardens Festival this year invites you to join us in experiencing the magic of spring in the beautiful Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

The 2016 festival will feature 13 wonderful Leura gardens, including two new to the festival, several returning after a break and, of course, several lovely old favourites.

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

8 & 9 October 2016

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

Carrington Hotel Katoomba Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

25 October 2016

A family day at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba - Germand bands, dancing, authentic German cuisine, Lowenbrau on tap, souvenir steins.

Join the fun from 11am to 9pm. Admission free.

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

October-November 2016 - Dates TBA

The highlights of the festival include:

  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens open every day
  • Grand Parade - Clanwilliam Street
  • Retailers Window Displays - Blackheath CBD
  • Combined Churches Festival of Flowers, St Aidan's Anglican Church
  • Memorial Gardens Stall Holder Market